Most people tend to put off bathroom renovations because of the apparently high cost attached to the task. You will also need expertise in multiple disciplines or have the ability to hire appropriate professionals. But, if you devote adequate time exploring various options, there are indeed ways to renovate your bathroom even with a low budget. The first thing you need to do is that low budget does not translate low quality. On the other hand, your ability to make informed decisions impact your overall costs to deliver the same or nearly the same results.
Bathroom renovations touch on a wide variety of trades like plumbers, electricians, tilers, builders, masons, waterproofers and perhaps more, adding up to the overall costs. But, if you have the inclination and attitude, much of this can be achieved without external help, and that will bring down the overall costs significantly.
The wallpapers have become an eyesore
Instead of redoing the wallpaper all over again, isn’t there a cheaper and easier alternative? Possibly yes, and you can scout for some leftover paint from your earlier project or check with friends if they have some. Unused paint from a can once open and used will become useless quickly because of the container drawing air from outside leaving the content turns into a gel-like structure. So, your friend would be happy to part with what he has. And, when you do the painting yourself without help from a professional, you have saved a considerable amount of money.
Check out renovation yards/garage sales
Search your local newspaper or Gumtree for garage sales or renovation yards in your neighbourhood. Carry a list of stuff that you are looking for. Chances are that you end up getting at least some of the things you need at significantly lower prices. But, take care to ensure that you are not moving someone’s junk into your garage. Before you part with cash, you have all the liberty to inspect everything thoroughly. Some people tend to throw away good vintage fittings, vanities etc. but if you are looking to stretch your dollars, you can always use them with a little makeup and claim that you are really in love with vintage stuff!
Install new towel rails and rails
This is a relatively inexpensive trick to bring in the new look without much ado. You can always fix the rails yourself, and there is no dearth of variety out there in the market.
If you thought to pull out the existing tiles and redoing it all over again, think again. You can re-surface the whole thing at perhaps the cost and save precious time too. Or, perhaps the tiles only need a hard cleaning. Your tile shop can help you with the right product though you should remember to seal off all the tile joints with an appropriate epoxy compound or white/coloured cement compound.
Vintage light fittings
Look for an antique shop in your vicinity. If you are looking to change some of the light fittings in your bathroom, you can find some vintage light fittings that go well with the overall appearance of your bathroom and yet, beauty, functionally. Compare the cost of buying new ones, and you can instantly appreciate the money you have saved.
Checkout e-Bay and similar sites
Check-out and similar websites if you can some cheap stuff like bathtubs for instance. There are many reasons why someone would want to dispose of good stuff at a low price. e-Bay also takes some responsibility to ensure that what you get is what the seller says it to be. Scour the return policy of these sites to ensure that you don’t get palmed off with useless stuff. However, this is an exercise you would need to undertake well before commencing your bathroom renovation so that the material you buy arrives in time for the job.
Is tile paint an option for you?
If the tiles are really crying for replacement and you have a budget job on hand, you can consider tile paint. But check out the manufacturer’s product information as well as user reviews so that you don’t end up doing a double job. Tile paint works well in most circumstances though it is always safer to align with your specific needs.
Don’t ignore professionals where necessary
Though most bathroom renovation jobs can be handled on a DIY basis with some guidance from the digital world, the right type of tools and more importantly the aptitude, there are still areas where you are better off relying on professional services. Plumbing, for instance, is essentially one of these jobs. Any errors with plumbing jobs can potentially lead to significant hardship and possibly more expenses undoing your errors. Imagine a broken pipe, and you are unable to stop the water from flooding the entire area. That is something you certainly don’t want.
One of the best money-saving tip, which I found on Concept Bathrooms and Construction site, is to minimise external services, to save some precious dollars, especially in areas like plumbing and electrical installations. Similarly, tile laying and tile cutting are jobs that call for expertise as well as specialised equipment. Most of us do not keep a tile cutter at home, and without that, it is pretty tough to cut your tiles into the desired sizes and shapes.
If you are ordering shower glass doors, they are usually cut to the exact size you need and supply. Your job is just to fix them to the ground and at the top. But take care to ensure that you don’t end up damaging the tiles or even breaking the glass due to poor handling efficiency.
Thoroughly researching your options with the help of the digital world and making informed decisions is the key to renovating your bathroom with a low budget and this is achievable when you spend quality time with the wide array of resources provided by the digital world.